There's more than one killer in Silent Sting by Clair M. Poulson (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop! This was a unique premise for a suspense, but also one that easily played off of the actual bee issues going on in the US. Check out my thoughts and enter the giveaway below...

Silent StingSilent Sting
by Clair M. Poulson
LDS Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 188 Pages
March 1st 2016 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Catastrophe is looming over the Central Valley of California. The honeybees, vital to the economy of this agricultural epicenter, are dying at an unprecedented rate. The US government is desperate for answers, and researchers at the University of California-Riverside are tasked with providing them. But when the professors assigned to the investigation are systematically killed by a creature that imitates the honeybees almost perfectly, it becomes clear that there is something sinister at play.

Following the murders of her mentors, it’s up to entomology student Tiana Lambrose to move forward with the research. Special Agent Stu Whiteleather, part of a team of FBI agents assigned to assist in the investigation, is immediately drawn to the lovely entomologist. Together, they discover a breed of bees engineered to be killing machines, which, despite Tiana’s expertise, are like nothing she’s seen before. The question is, who could possibly have the sophisticated technology to engineer these specialized insects and for what motive? The perpetrator will stop at nothing to keep investigators from finding the answer. As threats to Tiana’s life escalate, Stu must battle an unknown foe to protect the woman he has come to care for, before she becomes the next victim in a dangerous conspiracy.

   
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My Review

SILENT STING was about some crazy villains and the girl, agents, and their families who get caught in the middle of the villains' plot. It had some moments of suspense, others of friendship and family, some light romance, and some detective work going on. It was more of a cozy mystery with some inspirational elements than an intense suspense. Those who have enjoyed this author's other books should enjoy this one as well.

What I liked:
- I really liked the characters, especially Tiana and Stu. They're both committed to finding out the truth and care about others.
- I liked the whole premise of the story and thought that it was a fairly creative and unique setting, with a cover that fit the story perfectly.
- I liked the pacing of the story. There was enough time for information to come to light, to get to know the characters, and have the suspense develop as the story unfolded.
- I liked that even though the main characters were LDS (AKA Mormon) there was no pushy religion making the story appropriate for general suspense readers.
- The ending was especially sweet.

What I didn't like:
- Some of the behaviors were overly dramatic or uncharacteristic of what you would expect from certain people, such as a college president or an FBI agent.
- I found certain things odd or unrealistic, such as FBI agents and cops openly discussing facts of a case with witnesses or civilians and having individuals kept at their home for safety instead of somewhere else such as a safe house or a police or FBI office.
- I would have liked the suspense aspects of the story to be more complex so that it was harder to figure things out or the suspense to be more intense.

I think that if readers don't mind the hang-ups I had with the story feeling realistic in parts then they will enjoy SILENT STING as a cozy LDS romantic suspense.

Content: Some violence, but clean.

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

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Clair M. Poulson retired after twenty years in law enforcement. During his career he served in the U.S. Military Police Corps, the Utah Highway Patrol, and the Duchesne County Sheriff's Department, where he was first a deputy and then the county sheriff. He currently serves as a justice court judge for Duchesne County, a position he has held for nineteen years. His nearly forty-year career working in the criminal justice system has provided a wealth of material from which he draws in writing his books. Clair and his wife, Ruth, live in Duchesne and are the parents of five married children. They have twenty-one grandchildren.


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